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MANILA, Philippines – A speech that was meant to rally Vice President Jejomar Binay’s voter base did not work out well in his favor, results of a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey revealed.
The survey firm released Monday, October 13, the first known poll conducted after Binay’s televised speech at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), and it showed a 15-percentage-point plummet in his satisfaction ratings.
The SWS conducted from September 26-29 shows Binay dropping to 52% satisfaction rating from a high of 67% in June. In both months, his numbers are considered “very good.”
Binay delivered the speech on September 18, one full week before the survey period. Binay also released advertisements during the same time frame. (FULL TEXT: Binay on ’empty claims’ of Makati corruption)
Up to 70% said they are satisfied with Binay’s performance, 12% are undecided, and 17% are dissatisfied.
A Pulse Asia survey conducted about two weeks earlier than the SWS survey period also showed a 15-point drop. It’s the same for the presidential poll, which he continues to lead albeit with smaller advantage on his rivals. (READ: VP Binay’s lead in presidential poll drops)
Despite the rating drop, Binay said he remains grateful for the positive rating he received.
“Vice President Jojo Binay is happy and thankful that 70 per cent of Filipinos are satisfied with his performance,” Cavite Gov Jonvic Remulla, Binay’s political spokesperson, said in a statement Monday.
Remulla said: “The numbers are surprising. Despite the toxic atmosphere brought about by the kangaroo court of the senate and the incessant attacks by political detractors, he still outperforms the rest of the field. It really goes to show that it’s hard to put a good man down.”
A string of corruption allegations were hurled against the vice president in relation to the allegedly overpriced Makati City Hall Building II that the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee has been investigating. The probe is being led by Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, and Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.
The SWS survey does not cover the release of the Commission on Audit initial report that confirms “red flags” and “undue haste” in the infrastructure project. The survey also doesn’t cover last week’s revelations about Binay’s alleged 350-hectare “Hacienda Binay” in Batangas. (READ: Mrs Binay’s royal taste? ‘Kew Gardens,’ aircon piggery)
As the Senate probe was heating up, Binay decided to go around Mindanao to ramp up information campaign on his housing projects. But there was no escaping the heat. The Hacienda Binay issue followed him in ambush and radio interviews. (READ: ‘Hacienda Binay’ issue trails Binay in Mindanao)
SWS polled 1,200 respondents nationwide, and has a +/- 3% sampling error at the 95% confidence level. – Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler.com